This research was supported by Grant #DBS 9211982 from the National Science Foundation to Sandra Graham and Bernard Weiner. We are grateful to Barry Collins. Brett Pelham, and especially Alan Swinkels for their help with data collection.
An Attributional Analysis of Reactions to Magic Johnson1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 23, Issue 12, pages 996–1010, June 1993
How to Cite
Graham, S., Weiner, B., Giuliano, T. and Williams, E. (1993), An Attributional Analysis of Reactions to Magic Johnson. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 23: 996–1010. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1993.tb01018.x
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- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Principles from attribution theory were used to analyze public reactions to the health status of Magic Johnson. An experimental study containing two distinct samples (college students and African-American adults) together with supplemental reports from local and national media confirm the value of this approach. The findings show that inferences about causal responsibility are related to affective reactions of sympathy and anger toward Magic Johnson. Implications for attribution theory, as well as for future attitudes toward Magic Johnson, are discussed.